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"A Taste of Provence" Tasting Menu Through July 31, $48 plus tax and gratuity, $12 additional for wine pairings Fig Tree Restaurant 515 Villita This French-inspired meal starts with your choice of Zucchini Blossom Beignets or Terrine de Légumes.  Next, select either Blue Prawns Provençale or Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass.  The main course options are Pan-seared Herb Marinated Lamb Tenderloing or Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic Créme.  Dessert choices are Hill Country Peach Croustade or Poached Fruit of the Day a la mode.  The optional wine pairing includes Chateau Routas, Rosé Var 2008; Mas de la Dame, Rosé du Mas 2009; and Mas de la Dame, Rouge 2006.  For reservations, call 210-224-1976. "A Study in Shrimp" Thursday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, $35 plus tax and gratuity The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills 1746 Lockhill Selma The four-course prix fixe includes a glass of wine and starts with "Bloody Mary": Grilled Shrimp with Sous Vide Celery, Tomato Sofrito, and Horseradish Foam.  The second course is Shrimp Bisque with Tomato-Basil Rouille "Crostini", followed by "Shrimp and Grits": Butter Poached Shrimp with Slow Cooked Corn Polenta, Piquillo Peppers. and Garlic Chips. Dessert is "Soufflé" Inspired Nutella-Dark Chocolate Cake with Creamy Peanut Butter Mousse and House Made Caramel.  For reservations, call 210-349-8466. 57th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump Thursday - Sunday, June 24 - 27, prices vary from free to $8 depending on time of day 305 W. Davis St. Luling, TX 78648 Watermelon seed spitting, melon eating, and more at this festival east of San Antonio.  www.watermelonthump.com Aldaco's Chef's Table Thursday, June 24, 6 - 8 p.m., $24.95 plus tax and gratuity Aldaco's Restaurant 100 E. Hoefgen (in Sunset Station) Blanca Aldaco will be hosting this three-course dinner, which includes margarita and tequila presentation and live Latin guitar by Adam Zuniga.  The menu consists of the following: choice of Tres Marias Iceberg Wedge Salad or Cream of Mushroom Martini; choice of Grilled Rib Eye Steak or Achiote Pechuga Estillo; and choice of Pastel Tres Leches or Chocolate Flan.  For reservations, call 210-222-0561. Basil Fest Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., free Pearl Brewery Complex 312 Pearl Parkway At 9:30 a..m., Mary Dunford of Natures Herb Farm will teach how to grow and harvest basil.  From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., children are welcomed to pot their own basil to take home.  The San Antonio Herb Society will have a Mediterranean cooking demonstration at 10:15 a.m.  From 10:45 a.m. - noon, local chefs will compete in the People's Choice Pesto Challenge; funds raised will go to the San Antonio Food Bank.  www.sanantonioherbmarket.org Green Fields Market Store Events Saturday, June 26, free Green Fields Market 19239 Stone Oak Parkway (at Huebner) Produce sampling will be from 11 - 3 p.m. and wine sampling will be from noon to 6 p.m.  Pizza making for kids ages 4 - 12 will be 4 - 5:30 p.m. Real Ale 14th Anniversary Party Saturday, June 26, noon - 5 p.m., free admission, $5 parking Real Ale Brewing Company 231 San Saba Ct. Blanco, TX The anniversary ale will be released at this anniversary party, which features beer, barbecue and brewery tours.  realalebrewing.com Great Austin Beer Festival Saturday, June 26, 4 - 8 p.m., $30 online, $40 at the door Austin Music Hall 208 Nueces St. Austin, TX Explore beers from over 40 breweries near and far. Four-ounce samples are included in the admission price; food is available for purchase.  www.greataustinbeerfestival.com Frosting Creators of San Antonio "Day of Sharing" Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $40 regular admission, $25 students with ID Leon Valley Community Center 6427 Evers Road Learn from sugar art techniques from demonstrators including Dena Bryngleson, Jacque Benson, Ximena Sempertegui, Linda McClure, and Earlene Moore.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  For more information at to register, see www.frostingcreators.com/classes.html. Paleo Dinner Sunday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., $75 plus tax and gratuity Auden's Kitchen 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., #1117 Chef Patricia Wenckus will prepare a multi-course dinner following the Paleo Diet.  The proceeds will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.  For reservations, call 210-494-0070.
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